MPR Holly and Me
For 4 years now, Holly Weinkauf and I have been digging through our piles to recommend books for giving. Here is the link if you want to hear us. MPR BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS
And for the list of titles that we talked about.
And every year people call in and ask questions and Holly always remembers the titles and I often remember the publisher. Weird huh?
Here are the books with their information that I remembered either during the show or after.
Our host Marianne Combs started us off by asking if we were seeing any trends.
I couldn’t stop seeing the cover of Mary’s Monster.
A novel of spare verse, richly illustrated gives us the life of teenaged Mary Shelly who invented Frankenenstein’s monster.
“Both timely and terrifying.” —Gregory Macguire, New York Times–bestselling author of Wicked
Just as compelling was Catherine Reef’s The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator Mary Shelly.
We Jumped To Board Books
Especially looking for titles that exhibited diversity.
The bilingual Spanish language series that I was thinking of published by Cincos Puntos Press. Click here for the round up.
Marianne asked why bother with board books. And both Holly and I jumped on that. We talked about early learning, hearing sounds, hand-eye coordination. But I don’t think we talked about the joy of reading aloud and discovery. But we chorused Sandra Boynton.
More about Sandra Boynton here
And for the readers of Harry Potter
I blanked on the author Diana Winn Jones.
Start with the Chrestomanci series
But then we were talking about diversity. And I couldn’t get the words out fast enough.
Diane Duane. So You Want to Be a Wizard series
From Entertainment Weekly
“Long before J.K. Rowling rescued Harry Potter from his cupboard under the stairs, Diane Duane was writing about Nita and Kit, a couple of kid wizards who join the forces of good in their fight against the Lone Power, an entity hellbent on speeding up entropy in the universe.”
The protagonists are Christopher “Kit” K. Rodriguez and Juanita “Nita” Louise Callahan who begin their magic adventures with the discovery of a magic book.
Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men series is a delight and also available in a terrific audio edition.
And for YA fantasy
I said for the readers of NnediOkorafor, Akata Warrior.
Readers shouldn’t miss, Tomi Adeyemi. Children of Blood and Bone
It was a book that I couldn’t put down. Read about that here.
A break out novel from Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
Alternative History crossed with zombies, what could be better?
Me book talking Dread Nation
on Read this Book.
ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter
Don’t forget that people can preorder at The University of Minnesota Press here